Tuesday, June 27, 2017

5 Life Lessons we Learned from Harry Potter
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5 Life Lessons we Learned from Harry Potter

As we continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, it gave us the opportunity to look back and reflect on how Harry Potter has changed our lives and taken us on an adventure that weaves through our culture. To understand just how much Harry, his friends, and his adventures have taught us, here are 5 things we learned from the series and how they influence our personal and work lives.

We all know that Harry could not have obtained the Sorcerer's Stone, made it through the Chamber of Secrets, or really much of anything without his best friends, Ron and Hermione. Teamwork is a key theme of the entire series and has taught us that we can accomplish anything with a team we trust and rely on.

It's okay to ask for help
On a variety of occasions, Harry had to ask for help (i.e. when Moaning Myrtle helped Harry open the egg clue in book number 4 that led him to the lake with the scary mermaids (feel free to leave comments below with the proper terms for the prior sentence). Moral of the story, sometimes you need help and it's completely okay to ask for it. It will help you be efficient and accomplish your goals!

Face your fears
I think we can all agree each of the characters in the series had to face their fears at one point. Ron had to face his intense fear of spiders, Harry was forced to learn how to defeat the dementors and Hermione had to leave her family for the greater good. Let's be real, asking for a raise is just as scary as eating Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. So get out there, face your fears, and pray that you don't get stuck with a bogey flavor.

Courage and confidence are not the same
Remember Professor Gilderoy Lockheart? I do. He had a real knack for presenting himself in a way that made people love him and riding on the heels of other's accomplishments. The problem? He had nothing to back up his "accomplishments". Be courageous and do the work to the best of your ability before receiving the praise.

You always have a choice
Sometimes things seem choiceless. For Harry, the Sorting Hat seemed like a daunting moment of choicelessness; however, he finagled with the almighty Sorting Hat and eventually got the result he wanted. In real life, we can't always negotiate things the way we want to, but we always have the choice in how we will respond to the situation.


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